JACKSONVILLE – Thursday wasn't the greatest day for the Jaguars' offense.
Head Coach Urban Meyer said as much following Thursday afternoon's third practice of 2021 Organized Team Activities presented by Baptist Health – and said it was as true for entire offense as it was for Trevor Lawrence.
Meyer also said that wasn't a trend for the rookie quarterback.
"He was very accurate [in Day 2 of OTAs Wednesday]," Meyer said of Lawrence following a two-hour, non-contact voluntary practice at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex.
"Today, we all struggled offensively. Not just him."
Meyer said the reason for the struggles came down to practice situation, with the Jaguars' emphasizing red-zone offense – which often is the most-difficult area for young quarterbacks and young offenses to master.
"That's obviously a very hard area of the field," Meyer said. "The field changes, especially against NFL talent all over the field. The defense had the upper hand today. It wasn't just him. It was just a new area of the field, which is why you spend so much time down there practicing.
"It's a completely different game."
Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., a 10-year veteran who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in March, spoke to the media on Thursday for the first time since the Jaguars selected Lawrence No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft last month.
"It's been great," Jones said. "Obviously, it has been a short time. But obviously the guy is gifted. You can see when he throws the ball. We've gotten some good work. There are a lot of people here, so everybody has kind of been rotating and getting a feel for the offense. So far, so good."
Count Brandon Linder as all in with Lawrence, with the veteran center saying on Thursday the rookie thus far has looked the part of the No. 1 overall selection. Linder said while he hasn't had much conversation with Lawrence yet, "The kid's won everywhere he has been – and he throws a damned good ball. That's what I've seen out there. I'm excited, I know he's excited. This whole team's excited. It seems good." Asked about developing a quarterback-center relationship with Lawrence, Linder said, "I think that's just repetition. That just happens over time and getting reps with the kid. That's pretty much how that happens. Of course, you're trying to build trust outside the building. That's how you create a relationship, so I'm sure we'll be hanging out. We do offensive line dinners at my house and stuff and that's just going to happen organically over time."
The Jaguars likely will not fill the director of sports performance position left vacant with the February resignation of Chris Doyle, Meyer said Thursday. "At this point, I think we're going to stand pat," Meyer said. "I've watched it very closely. Obviously, it (sports performance) is something that has been A, 1A [during his career]. These guys (the Jaguars' current sports performance team) have been phenomenal. That's an evaluation every day. At this point, I'd grade our guys an A-plus – and not me grading them, but the players. As of right now, we're standing pat."
Jones on the Jaguars' wide receivers: "We've spent a lot of time together, almost two months now. It has been good. Everybody's going around, flying fast and making big plays – as we should and as we knew we were going to do." The Jaguars this offseason signed Jones, Jamel Agnew and Phillip Dorsett II as unrestricted free agents, allowing Chris Conley, Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook to leave as free agents. Jones figures to work among the top three receivers with DJ Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr., with second-year veteran Collin Johnson, rookie Jalen Camp, first-year veteran Terry Godwin, first-year veteran Josh Hammond, rookie Josh Imatorbhebhe, rookie Tim Jones and second-year veteran Jon'Vea Johnson competing. "There are a lot of people, a lot of receivers, in our group that can have different abilities," he said. "You can put them in different places. You can put Laviska in the backfield and watch him work. Everybody's been great and taking the coaching. Everybody's going to continue to do that."
Top photos of the Jaguars during the first week of 2021 OTAs.